City’s popular summer recreation program has started up for a new season. See City Shorts brief below. (File photo/Joe Barkovich)
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FOR NIAGARA COLLEGE, A RECORD NUMBER OF GRADUATES
WELLAND – This week’s Spring Convocation at Niagara College’s Welland campus feted more than 4,600 students. The ceremonies were held daily from Tuesday, June 20 to Friday, June 23 .
This year’s ceremony takes on a special significance as NC joins all Ontario colleges in celebrating its 50th anniversary.
“Our Convocation ceremonies are the highlight of our academic year, and this spring they take on a very special significance as we celebrate this important milestone,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson.
“I can think of no greater example of our college’s evolution over the last half century than the Class of 2017 – a record number of graduates who will go on to drive key industries here in Niagara and around the world.”
IT’S ROSE FEST TIME IN THE ROSE CITY, PARADE SUNDAY!
WELLAND – The 56th annual Welland Rose Festival wraps up this weekend. For full details, visit the website, https: www.wellandrosefestival.on.ca/
CITY POOLS SET TO OPEN
WELLAND – All three public pools are scheduled to open Saturday, June 24. City staff continue to prepare the pools for the swimming season; however, extraordinarily heavy rainfall delayed pre-season maintenance significantly.
The following schedule begins June 24 for the Rosie Smith Pool, Memorial Park Pool, and Maple Park Pool: Weekdays: 6 pm to 8 pm. Weekends: Noon to 4 pm & 6pm to 8pm.
The following regular extended schedule begins on June 30, 2017 for the Rosie Smith Pool, Memorial Park Pool, and Maple Park Pool: Weekdays: 1pm to 4 pm & 6pm to 8pm. Weekends: 12 pm to 4pm & 6pm to 8 pm.
RACE IS ALL IT’S QUACKED UP TO BE
WELLAND – Welland Rotary’s Duck Race is being held Sunday, June 25 at the Welland Rose Festival Parade. Duck race starts at 12 pm sharp at the Division Street Bridge. Race starts at the Division Street and ends at the Main Street Bridge. Tickets can be purchased through Welland Rotarians, on the day of the race at the Rotary Tent (near the Division Street Bridge – just look for the BIG DUCK) or at any Welland Rose Festival Events.
LIBRARY BRANCH GRAND OPENING
WELLAND – Mark your calendars for the Seaway Mall Branch Grand Opening event!
The Grand Opening will take place on Tuesday, June 27. Doors will open at 10:30am for the 11am reception. Come celebrate!! Seaway Mall Branch library services will be available starting at 1 pm on June 27.
A DIFFERENT TYPE OF MARKET AT OUR FARMERS’ MARKET
WELLAND – The next Antique and Artisan Market is scheduled for Sunday, June 25, 9am – 2pm at Welland Farmers’ Market, 50 Market Square. Events: Food Truck Frenzy, Repair Cafe, Workshops, Junk in the Trunk & more.
IT’S BACK! RIDE TO READ
WELLAND – The Welland Public Library is proud to partner with Welland Transit and the City of Welland for another summer of reading and riding to library branches. Ride to Read supports our TD Summer Reading Club and summer programs. This special service begins Monday, June 26.
Those participating in Ride to Read 2017 will be entered in a draw for a special prize donated by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1633! For more details, or to get your sticker for Ride to Read 2017, visit any of our library branches starting Saturday, June 24.
LATEST BOARDWALK BANTER NOW AT LIBRARY
WELLAND – The latest issue of Boardwalk Banter is available now! Find all the latest news of what is happening at the Welland Public Library. This issue features a Harry Potter Quiz and ways that you can connect with us throughout the summer.
Pick up your copy at the Main Branch or Diamond Trail Branch today, or read it online here. It will also be available at the Seaway Mall Branch at the Grand Opening on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
YOGA ON THE LIBRARY LAWN
WELLAND – Enjoy outdoor yoga with instructor Rose Kobelka on Saturday, June 24 at 10:30 am. Please come dressed in appropriate outdoor yoga attire. Register by calling (905) 734-6210 ext. 2521 or through the online Events calendar.
DON’T MISS JAMMIN’ AT THE MARKET
WELLAND – The 2017 music series Jammin’ at the downtown market is now in full swing. Featured performers are: Heather Glabb, June 24; Flatwater Shadows, July 15; Joe Crawford Karaoke, July 29; David and Joni, August 12; Niagara Region Old Tyme Fiddlers, August 26; Jessica Wilson, September 2 and Tracks, September 9. Great entertainment while you shop at our local farmers market.
CANOE RENTAL PROGRAM BACK IN BUSINESS
WELLAND – Welland’s popular canoe rental program has started up for the season at the PenFinancial Credit Union Flatwater Centre.
Canoes, solo kayaks, tandem kayaks, standup paddle boards and pedal boats are available for rent at the site. The centre is open 10am to 6pm on weekends in June and September. During July and August the centre is open weekdays as well, from 11am to 6pm. More info, including fees and age policy, is available on the city’s website.